2004 Draft Prospects: Week in Review - 12/15-12/19

Here is this week's draft prospect Hot News, provided by TheInsiders draft experts at TFY Draft Preview.

December 15
  • Auburn junior running back Carnell Williams has asked the NFL Advisory Committee to evaluate his potential draft projection if he were to leave school for the 2004 NFL Draft.
  • Auburn junior running back Ronnie Brown and has asked the NFL Advisory Committee to evaluate his potential draft projection if he were to leave school for the 2004 NFL Draft.

  • The player with the most obscure name in the 2004 Senior Bowl roster is cornerback Ricardo Colclough of Tusculum College, a NCAA Division II school in Greenville, Tennessee. Colclough hopes to keep up recent trend of small school defensive backs that have vastly improved their draft stock in Mobile during Senior Bowl week.

  • Heisman Trophy finalist Chris Perry of Michigan is expected to be named to the North roster for next months Senior Bowl.

  • Alabama has filed a formal request to the NCAA on behalf of wide receiver Antonio Carter for a sixth season of eligibility. Carter has missed all of the past two seasons due to injuries.

December 16

  • A long list of NFL scouts have visited Northern Arizona this fall to analyze senior wide receiver Clarence Moore.

  • Alabama junior offensive guard Justin Smiley applied for the draft advisory committee after receiving a high second-round rating.

  • Julius Jones of Notre Dame is expected to be named to the Senior Bowl roster after turning down an invitation to play in next weeks Blue-Gray Game

  • Senior Michael Turner of Northern Illinois is expected to take up one of the three ball carriers on the North roster of the Senior Bowl. Turner, coming off a pair of great seasons, declined an offer to play in the Blue-Gray Game which begins on Saturday.

  • As we first told you back in the middle of November, Washington junior receiver Reggie Williams will forego his senior season and enter next April's NFL Draft. Williams is expected to be a top 10 pick.

  • Reports from Purdue say that quarterback Kyle Orton will remain in school and return to the Boilermakers for his senior season.

December 17

  • Alabama's Shaud Williams, who finished second in SEC rushing last season, is expected to be named to the South roster for next months Senior Bowl.

  • Texas running back Cedric Benson acknowledged Tuesday that he is thinking about declaring for the NFL draft or whether he should stay for his senior season. Benson was quoted as saying, "I might have the opportunity to go in the first round, and make about $5-6 million.". "Or I have a chance to stay and increase that money by about $6 million."

  • Tennessee offensive tackle Michael Munoz sent a letter of inquiry to the NFL Advisory Committee, asking them to evaluate his projected draft status. Munoz should get his reports back immediately after the first of the year.

  • Tennessee linebacker Kevin Burnett sent a letter of inquiry to the NFL Advisory Committee, asking them to evaluate his projected draft status. Burnett should get his reports back immediately after the first of the year.

  • Tennessee punter Dustin Colquitt sent a letter of inquiry to the NFL Advisory Committee, asking them to evaluate his projected draft status. Colquitt should get his reports back immediately after the first of the year.

December 19

  • Ben Roethlisberger threw for 376 yards and four touchdowns completing 21-of-33 passes in the GMAC Bowl and was named the game's MVP. Following the game he publicly stated he was leaving for the NFL Draft. Roethlisberger's statement after the game was the following: "After thorough discussion with my family and coach, I decided to make myself eligible for the 2004 NFL Draft. I feel the time is right to embark on the next challenge. I'll always be grateful for the wonderful experiences of the past four years."

  • Make that three in two weeks as Alabama juniors are leaving Tuscaloosa at an alarming rate. The latest is defensive tackle Ahmad Childress, who earlier made an inquiry to the NFL Advisory Committee about his draft status.

  • After a splendid senior campaign Cedric Cobbs of Arkansas is expected to be named to the South roster of the Senior Bowl.

  • Florida State's Greg Jones, still struggling from a knee injury which occurred in November of 2002, will have the opportunity to redeem himself. He is slated to be invited to the Senior Bowl as one of three running backs on the South roster.

  • Georgia defensive tackle Ken Veal will play for coach Mark Richt in the Gridiron Classic All-Star game on January 31 in Orlando.

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